Antonio Bastardo Garnering Trade Interest – Phillies Nation

Antonio Bastardo Garnering Trade Interest

Jim Salisbury of CSN.Com is reporting that Phillies left hander Antonio Bastardo is drawing the most trade bastardointerest at this current time. Teams that are linked to Bastardo are the Royals, Tigers, Pirates, and Blue Jays. The Reds had some interest earlier this month as well. Bastardo is signed for $2 million dollars this year, and is under team control next season. The lefty specialist is also one of the few Phillies who does not have a ridiculous vesting option in his contract. All of these things make Antonio Bastardo a very attractive piece for teams needing relief help.

Bastardo is having a solid season compiling a 3.27 ERA with a 10.8 K/9 rate. Bastardo is not only having success against lefty hitters, but righty’s as well. righty’s are hitting just .175 off the 28-year old while lefty’s are hitting just .140. The Royals, Tigers, Pirates and Blue Jays all have scouts in Philly scouting the series with the Giants. Because of his team friendly contract, age, and success this season, Antonio Bastardo could be the first, and possibly the only Phillie moved by the July 31st trade deadline.



  1. Hogey's Role

    July 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    It certainly would not surprise me if the phillies stood pat again and didn’t move anyone, stupid moves are what I’ve come to expect from amaro and company

    • schmenkman

      July 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      I would be extremely surprised if there weren’t at least two trades between now and Thursday at 4pm.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

        I think a lot of moves should be made, but I struggle with my faith in the front office at times

      • wbramh

        July 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm

        Agree – and I wouldn’t be surprised if their only moves are in the outfield.
        As crazy as it may sound, I wouldn’t be surprised if they move 3 of their top 4 outfielders.

        Burnett to Pittsburgh or Baltimore would also be a high probability.

        Maybe Papelbon gets his wish to pitch for a contender but it’ll only happen if some contender’s closer is facing Tommy John.
        Otherwise he stays here or between now and the off-season the Phillies give him away to any team willing to pay 25% of his remaining contract – assuming that team exists – and that might be a reasonable deal for a last place team with little cap space and promising young arms.

        Lee’s injury appears to make him a non- commodity at least until the winter meetings.
        I hope he makes a full comeback, here or elsewhere.

    • Double Trouble Del

      July 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      David Murphy’s column this morning outlined a scenario in which the Phillies would do exactly that – stand pat at the deadline-and with good reason. It makes no sense to trade Cliff Lee when his value might be at its lowest, likewise with an unhealthy Burnett. Papelbon and Byrd will be owed less money left on their contracts. Perhaps trades during the off-season would be less driven by emotion/desperation and more importantly the front office personnel currently in place. All of the above factors could lead to better overall returns for the Phillies.

      • George

        July 23, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        I can certainly see the point in keeping Lee at least until the waiver trade deadline, but with the others, I’m not so sure. Byrd’s and Burnett’s options aren’t going to disappear, and those are the probably the biggest issues with trading them.

        I also believe that the “emotion/desperation” thing could play into the Phil’s hands, if they know what they’re doing. Other teams who feel they’re one piece short might offer better trade options than a team dealing in the winter when there are more potential deals, and also free agents to consider. Many times higher prices are paid in July than in December.

      • Hogey's Role

        July 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm

        Agree with George, someone may get desperate in a few days and hopefully it’ll work out for us…

      • Lefty

        July 23, 2014 at 5:14 pm

        I agree with George, I think there is a better chance of a decent return for our “trade chips” now. In the winter no one feels they are one piece short, or are in “go for it” mode like they tend to be now. How much are guys like Byrd and Burnett going to bring in the offseason? Seems to me, their top value is now. I guess an argument could be made that Hamels value is good no matter when, so why hurry (if trading him is their inclination), wait for the best offer.

  2. Hogey's Role

    July 23, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Manship dfa’d, and here comes everyone’s favorite Phillipe aumont to save the day, lol….

  3. lew

    July 24, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Why trade bastardo? Isnt he someone we want to keep? Cheap, younger

    • wbramh

      July 24, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      I would trade Bastardo even though he’s only 28.
      He’s probably at his peak worth right now and will be 35 before this team has a snowball’s chance to compete again.

      For the same reason I’d try to trade Cole Hamels, but only if there’s a consensus 19-year-old Mike Trout out there. Some contender might be willing to make that deal and throw in a couple of promising young starters.

  4. Double Trouble Del

    July 24, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I think the events of the last two or three days point in the direction of Bastardo being the sole player traded by the deadline. The Soria deal took the trade-winds out of Papelbon’s sails. The Mariners have acquired Kendrys Morales and are inquiring about Drew Stubbs from the Rockies making a Byrd deal less likely. According to J. Heyman the Pirates have cooled considerably on acquiring Burnett as have the Orioles. Will the lineup on July 25, 2015 look a lot like the lineup on July 25, 2014?

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